City, University of London

City, University of London

Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools (Advanced Practice)

This MSc is for teachers, speech and language therapists and other graduates experienced in working with children with speech, language and communication needs in schools, from the UK and overseas. This MSc is jointly run by City, University of London and UCL Institute of Education. It brings together speech and language therapists, teachers and other graduate school-based practitioners for collaborative study. The programme is designed to enable students to: Understand and critically reflect on research and professional practice across both education and health; Develop high level knowledge of educational contexts and children's language, social, emotional and behavioural development and needs; Enhance students' understanding of research methods and skills; Complete a research project in a chosen area under expert supervision; Enjoy stimulation and fresh thinking in a community of fellow students, practitioners and research experts; and Gain recognition as a specialist in a field.

Entry requirements

PgCert

Applicants should hold a lower 2nd class Honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. We also consider applications from individuals who may not have prior experience of working within the health sector but who have plans for a career in health policy. Applicants who do not hold a degree but do have relevant employment experience in the health sector may be considered. For those students whose 1st language is not English, 1 of the following qualifications is also required: IELTS (overall 7.0, reading 6.5, writing 6.0) or TOEFL (paper 650, computerised 280, internet 100) or Pearson test of English academic scores (68-70). Applicants automatically meet the English proficiency requirement if they hold a degree from a majority English speaking country issued within the last 3 years or if they have been educated from secondary school onwards in a majority English speaking country.

MSc

A first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent qualification;

and either:

a professional qualification in teaching or Speech and Language Therapy;

or:
at least two years' experience in an educational setting working with children with speech, language and communication needs.

Course modules

PgCert

Modules include: Concepts and contexts of special and inclusive education; social, emotional and behavioural development in children with specific speech, language and communication needs; language learning and development; foundation of research methods and applied data analysis. Optional modules include: acquired language impairment; case-based clinical management; clinical management; cognitive communication impairment; developmental language impairment; dysphagia and disorders of eating and drinking; habilitative audiology; identity, inclusion and living with disability; literacy; speech acoustics and speech perception; leadership and management in special education (restricted) literacy development; reading and spelling difficulties; understanding specific learning difficulties (dyslexia).

MSc

At City: Core modules - Language Learning and Development (15 credits); and Foundations of Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (15 credits).

At UCL IOE: Core modules - Concepts and Contexts of Special and Inclusive Education (30 credits); and Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development in Children with Specific Speech, Language and Communication Needs (30 credits).

At City: Elective modules -
Cognitive Communication Impairments (15 credits); Developmental Language Impairment (15 credits); Dysphagia and Disorders of Eating and Drinking (15 credits); Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Early Identification and Assessment (15 credits); Promoting Child and Adolescent Psychological Development (15 credits).

At UCL IOE: Elective modules -
Literacy Development (30 credits);
Reading and Spelling Difficulties (30 credits);
Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) (30 credits);
Autism: Research and Practice (30 credits);
Psychology for Special Needs (30 credits);
Inclusive Pedagogy (30 credits);
Literacy Practice in Writing and Comprehension (30 credits).

Assessment methods

PgCert

Assessment is through a diverse range of assignments, including essays, poster presentations, case studies, and data analyses.

MSc

Modules are assessed through a diverse range of assignments that may include essays, literature reviews, oral presentations, poster presentations, case studies, and data analyses. Assessments often require critical evaluation of the research on key issues; selective application of theory and research to a particular setting, group or individual in the student's experience; understanding of research methods; and skills in statistical analysis.

The MSc programme comprises:

four core modules;
either one elective module worth 30 credits or two elective modules each worth 15 credits;
a research dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 16,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time January 2018 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time January 2018 GBP 16,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time January 2018 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time January 2018 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time January 2018 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time January 2018 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time January 2018 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time January 2018 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time January 2018 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time January 2018 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Northampton Square Islington EC1V 0HB South East

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